Weekly Farm Update, 6 December 2012

Yeah, the Cherries are here!

It is with much relief and huge excitement to inform you all that we have started picking cherries; all the mad running around by Frank, Justus and Albert to chase the birds away has paid off in that there are enough cherries in the trees still to share between the birds and us.  Wednesday we started with a small harvestable crop that you find in your fruit shares this week and for the next two weeks or so (depending on the weather and the birds still) we plan to harvest from dawn to dusk.  Perfect timing: cherries for Christmas!

Reading the first line back sounds like the birth of a child and thinking back that is almost exactly how stressful it has been. Everything around the cherries has been changing from week to week and day to day.   Scaring the birds mad seems to have paid off so far!  What will be next?  I am learning that growing cherries is definitely not for the faint hearted; there is too much outside influence that can make or break a good harvest! I am looking forward to a good summer’s holiday after all of this.

Earlier this week I managed to download one of Frank’s little talks that I made during the last farm day tour off his phone and onto our facebook page. It is an interesting talk on the importance of and link between the quality and health of the soil, our produce and our health.  Check out our facebook page to see it for yourselvesFollow the link to see it for yourselves. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wairarapa-Eco-Farms.

Important Update on our Meat

A cancelation call from the transport company that we organized to deliver our cow to the works earlier this week made us have to make the decision to delay this happening to early next year. The butcher, who we organized too, is getting too busy so close to Christmas and cannot process it any more. Our apologies for everyone who ordered some meat, we will keep you up to date on progress.

Your CSA Shares this week:

Fruit Share: 500 grams of delicious cherries

Small Veggie Share: :250g baby turnips, 100g sugarsnap peas or 150g snow peas or 200g green beans, 170g mizuna, 1 medium sized pak choy, 2 smaller pak choy or 250g baby pak choy, and 200g Red Russian kale,.

Large Veggie Share: 250g baby turnips, 100g sugarsnap peas or 150g snow peas or 200g green beans, 170g mizuna, 1 medium sized pak choy, 2 smaller pak choy or 250g baby pak choy, 200g Red Russian kale, 1 bunch of rapini, 150g rocket, 150g mixed beet leaves, 800g broad beans and 1 cucumber.

Enjoy,

Josje and all the farm team.